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Vic's 24th Birthday Fundraiser for Courtlyn
$1,440 raised
144% of $1k goal
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Hi friends and family,

As most of you know, we lost Courtlyn Clark in April of this year. I had the honor of having Courtlyn as my best friend for twenty years, since our first day of kindergarten at Potterville Elementary. 

Today, October 9, is my birthday. Courtlyn’s birthday is also in October, and we always made it a point to celebrate one another throughout the month. We made each other CD’s, decorated each other’s lockers, planned each other's parties, and sent letters or made calls when we didn’t live in the same state anymore. My first year living in San Francisco, Court showed up at my doorstep in the Mission District as a birthday surprise. She boarded a plane for the first time, and we ate real tacos and visited the Pacific Ocean. 

Anyone who knew Court knew how much life she brought to the world and to the people she loved. You could not spend 5 minutes in her presence without laughing, even through tough times. She invited everyone into her life without judgment, and made it known they are loved. 

It’s been nearly six months since she passed, a surreal whirlwind of time that both feels like the longest and shortest six months of my life. I've been completely flooded with memories of her, from fifth grade camp to middle school dances to our birthday dinner (at Olive Garden, of course) when she turned 24. 

This year, as I turn 24, her age and the age we would have celebrated sharing for a whole two weeks, I want to dedicate this birthday to all of the joy, laughter, dumb adventures, inside jokes, notes and best friend secrets she brought into my life. Whatever money we raise together will be allocated to burial expenses, and a Michigan-based nonprofit dedicated to supporting people battling addiction. There are incredible, effective organizations out there working to support young people struggling with addiction. I ask you as people who know me, love me, and know how much this girl meant to me, to contribute resources to this battle, and to keep other young people around for longer than 24 years.

All of the money will be donated on her birthday, October 26, and I will update anyone who gives. Please share this fundraiser with your friends and family - let's see what we can do together. Thank you in advance, family. I deeply appreciate your support. 

With love, 

Lin / Linz / Yin / Vic 

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